Tag Archives: fair use

Artist Richard Prince Sued for Use of Photo from Instagram

It is not the first time artist Richard Prince has made headlines for appropriating others’ artwork into his own without attribution or license. But this time, he has done so in a way that may have implications on the use of photographs posted on social media. He is being sued on one of the 37 … Continue Reading

A New Lenz: Google Weighs In on Fair Use

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act creates a liability “safe harbor” for online service providers that post content that may be protected by copyright. It facilitates the takedown of an infringing work by providing a relatively simple “notice and takedown” procedure. However, the DMCA has been criticized for making it more difficult for individual creators to … Continue Reading

Fox News LLC v. TVEyes, Inc.—Does the Courts’ Expansion of Fair Use Copyright Protection Promote the “Progress of Science and useful Arts” When It Requires Increasing Judicial Oversight Over Activities That Otherwise Would Be Regulated By the Marketplace?

In 2014, when District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York upheld TVEyes, Inc.’s (“TVEyes”) monitoring service as “fair use” in the face of a copyright infringement claim brought by Fox New Network LLC (“Fox News”),[1] the decision was seen as yet another step in the federal courts’ limitations of the … Continue Reading

GoldieBlox and the Three Beastie Boys

It was the ad video gone viral of three young girls proudly showing off their elaborate Rube Goldberg machine made of repurposed pink toys.  They sang “it’s time to change, we deserve to see a range” and called for girls “to code the new apps” and “to grow up knowing that they can engineer that.” … Continue Reading

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

Authored by:  Fernando A. Bohorquez and Alan M. Pate Available here, courtesy of our sister site the Data Privacy Monitor. Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on September 11, 2013, courtesy of iMedia Connection’s Blog. It is repurposed with permission.… Continue Reading

Creative, But Perhaps Too Creative, Lawyering

U.S. District Judge Rakoff ruled on whether copying legal filings amounts to copyright infringement.  His verdict: it does not.  Judge Rakoff granted summary judgment to defendants Lexis and Westlaw, dismissing plaintiffs’ allegation that reposting legal documents infringed plaintiffs’ copyrights.  Though the Court’s Order does not state the basis for the ruling, the defendants argued that the … Continue Reading

Google Responds to Suit by Hendrix Photographer Against It and Mr. Brainwash

Last month, Google, Inc. responded to the Third Amended Complaint of Jim Marshall Photography, LLC against Thierry Guetta, Guetta’s affiliated company It’s a Wonderful World, Inc., Google, Inc. and John Doe defendants in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Google denied the claims of copyright infringement and contributory and vicarious copyright infringement … Continue Reading

The Use and the Fury: Faulkner Estate’s New Enforcement Efforts

In a pair of lawsuits filed about a week ago, Faulkner Literary Rights, LLC (“Faulkner Literary”), the owner of the literary rights to the late William Faulkner’s works, sued Sony Picture Classics (“Sony”), as well as Northrop Grumman Corporation (“Northrop Grumman”) and Washington Post Company (“Washington Post”) in the federal district court for the district … Continue Reading

Second Circuit to Rule on Whether Oprah Owns Her Power to Use Phrase

The October 2010 issue of O Magazine graced stands bearing a host of motivational commands:  “Tap Into Your Strength,” “Unlock Your Inner Superstar,” “Focus Your Energy,” “Let Your Best Self Shine,” and—most prominently—“Own Your Power.”  The issue promoted a sponsored event called “Own Your Power,” described as a panel discussion about power.  Afterwards, the Oprah … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit to Consider the Impact of Viacom

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court might re-examine the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”) copyright infringement safe harbor standards.  The Ninth Circuit ruled last year in UMG vs. Veoh, a case dealing with user-uploaded music videos, that Veoh, a video-sharing website was protected under the safe harbor provision of the DMCA.  Now, … Continue Reading

Creative Lawyering

Legal databases Lexis and Westlaw have come under fire in a recent suit before the Southern District of New York, filed on behalf of attorneys and their law firms. In the claimed class action, Plaintiffs demand injunctive relief as well as actual and statutory damages for the violation of their copyright.  The copying at issue is that of an attorney’s legal filings themselves.  Namely, an attorney’s … Continue Reading

Online news aggregation service under fire: will Meltwater melt?

The latest battle over online content involves not music or movies, but the news. On February 14, 2012, the Associated Press filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York against Meltwater, an online news monitoring service, alleging copyright infringement and “hot news” misappropriation, an incredibly narrow doctrine that had previously seen something of … Continue Reading